Over 70% of Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are unemployed. As a means of giving back, I had an opportunity to use my photography skills to support a local non-profit coffee and pastry shop supporting the neurodiverse community. My images were used for large partition panels in their second coffee shop location which opened this this weekend.
Neurodiverity (noun): The range of difference in individual brain function and behavioral traits, regarded as part of normal variation in the human population; Neurodiversity is a viewpoint that brain differences are normal, rather than deficits. It is a concept where neurological difference are recognized and respected as any other human variation. Neurodiversity is the opposite of Neurotypical.
Located in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Moji Coffee and More is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to provide meaningful, fulfilling employment to members of our neurodiverse community, to help bolster their local employment opportunities through life-skills and professional development training, and to show how they can provide meaningful and high quality services to our community.
Moji (noun): is the “Jolt of joy you get when you make others happy”.
The outside shots were taken at Artivity on the Green, a local art focused park in downtown Winston-Salem “A City of Arts & Innovation”. For both photoshoots, I used my Profoto B2 light kit.
Below are some cellphone shots of the photo partition panels at the grand opening of Moji’s new location at the Forsyth County Public Library.
Given Christians are in the season of Lent, I feel led to share my related lesson in humility. I find volunteering my photography often does not come with the expected degree of recognition or thanks. In these situations, I must remind myself the reason for giving back – our Creator has given me many gifts, which I should joyfully use to give back unconditionally to others. My reward is in heaven.
To see more from my photoshoots, click to visit Moji Coffee and More Gallery.